【 BBC News 】   Post Date: 7/17/2012
Tibetan Teenager Self-immolates in Sichuan Province
Author: Staff Report
18-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk Lobzin set himself ablaze in protest of harsh Chinese rule of his homeland.  He is the 42nd Tibetan to have self-immolated in protest since March of 2011.  
A teenaged Tibetan Buddhist monk has burned himself to death in south-west China, the latest in a series of such protests against Chinese rule, rights activists have said.
The monk, 18, is reported to have set himself alight in Sichuan province.
Tibetan exiles said local people blocked a bridge to stop police from moving in after the incident.
About 42 Tibetans are believed to have set themselves alight since March 2011 in Tibetan-inhabited parts of China.
Many of them are believed to have died.
Chinese state media has confirmed some incidents but not all. Foreign media are banned from the region, making reports hard to confirm.
'Encouraging separatism'
The monk in Tuesday's incident was identified as Lobsang Lozin.
He set himself ablaze and died immediately in Bharkham county in Sichuan province as he marched towards a government office, the India-based Central Tibetan Administration - or government-in-exile - said in a statement.
Local government and police in Bharkham, known as Maerkang in Chinese, could not immediately confirm the suicide.
But the government-in-exile said that a large group of armed police were moving towards Bharkham following the incident.
Activists say that Mr Lobzin was a member of the Tsodun Kirti Monastery in Bharkham. Two other monks from the same monastery set themselves on fire in March, they say.
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Key Words: Tibet human rights, China human rights, Tibet, self-immolation, Sichuan
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